Kung Fu Fridays in January 2013

Tonight, from the Tony Jaa crew, the action comedy The Bodyguard AND its sequel, a special holiday double-feature, one hour earlier than usual to accommodate air time, and starting next year (well, next week), we'll stay in Thailand for one more movie...

Dynamite Warrior - Starring Dan Chupong from Born to Fight (a favorite, and the reason I think he deserves to be featured on one of our posters), he plays a Muay Thai warrior and rocketry expert who fights evil wizards in 1890s Siam. Tony Jaa-style action goes pulp!

Rumble in the Bronx - Probably the first martial arts movie I saw in an actual theater, with Vancouver acting as New York (are those... the Rockies behind the skyline?). It's never a bad time for a Jackie Chan movie, even with an English dub on it.

The Battle Wizard - The Shaw Brothers spectacular of the month, based on Louis Cha's novel Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, it stars Danny Lee in one of those strange-ass fantasy films of the 70s. Or he might just be called a wizard because he's good at battle. But there IS a dragon on the DVD cover.

Battle Royale - You've heard the name often, especially in connection to Western remakes/tributes/rip-offs like The Hunger Games and Avengers Arena. Now it's time to experience this Japanese cult classic for ourselves. Uncensored and unrated! 42 students, one way to survive.

How can such a cold month look so hot? As usual, if you're not able to attend, you can read capsule reviews of these films on the following Sunday. Maybe you'll be inspired to check out the best ones on your own.

2 comments:

Tim Knight said...

Big thumbs up for Battle Royale - one of my all-time favourite movies. There are some incredibly powerful, emotional scenes there - as well as the requisite badass violence!

Siskoid said...

It's amazing to me that after 3½ years of KFF, there are still classic Asian action films we haven't seen yet (we do skew towards China, so Japan remains a good source). Great to know BR is worthy of its reputation.

 

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